Just a year before it's replaced by the production version of the XF concept, Jaguar's S-Type sedan gets a subtle makeover and some upgraded features.
Jaguar says all S-Types for the 2008 model year wear an updated front end. The look incorporates the S-Type R's bumper on all models, along with its mesh grille. A range of new wheels give the S-Type more flair, starting with 17-inchers and working up to 19-inchers on the R version.
Under the hood, the S-Type's powertrains remain the same. While horsepower ratings will change due to new EPA test procedures, the base S-Types come standard, as before, with a V-6 engine that was rated at 235 hp in 2007, and the buyer's choice of either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. A 4.2-liter V-8, rated at 300 hp last year, is the step-up option, and the high-performance R model continues with a supercharged version of the 4.2-liter V-8 delivering 400 horsepower by 2007 standards. The R also gets the six-speed automatic transmission, upgraded Brembo four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch rims (with 19-inch rims available), and Jaguar's Computer Active Technology Suspension system.
Jaguar updates the interior of the S-Type for 2008 with new sport seats on SE and Sport models. A leather steering wheel is standard, and satin-mahogany wood trim is optional across the lineup. Rear Park Assist is standard on all 2008 S-Types, as are front side and side-curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control.
Options will include electrically adjustable pedals, Front Park Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert.
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